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Nov 30, 2020

Crystal "Zee" Hardy is an Anishnawbe hand drummer from Biinjitiwabik Zaaging Anishnabek in Northern Ontario, Canada. Her Spirit name is Zongwe Binesikwe, which means Sounding Thunderbird Woman. She is the host of Under the Same Stars podcast, and Zee's Place radio show on CILU 102.7FM. She makes thunder in keynote addresses and seminars with topics related to decolonizing healthcare practices through cultural humility, empowerment of Indigenous people, and missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. She is no stranger to the hardships and trauma that many Indigenous people face. Her mother, Ruby, is one of the missing Indigenous women in Canada. Zongwe Binesikwe has overcome adversity to become a shining light to others. 

In today’s episode, Crystal shares:

  • Medicine wheel teachings she has received as an Indigenous Womxn in Canada
  • An explanation of what medicine wheel teachings are and how they are used in Indigenous culture
  • How the medicine wheel can help us balance ourselves mentally, physically, & emotionally.

Crystal reminds us that we have the capacity to be well in our lives, and though sometimes it can feel like a lot of work to be well, we are worth that work! Crystal shares her knowledge and experience as a Nurse Practitioner and PhD in Nursing Candidate at Queen's University with her personal healing journey as an Indigenous woman in Canada. She has vast experience working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, schools, Chief & Council, governmental bodies, healing and treatment centres, and so much more! You can find Crystal online at



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